August 31st, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Playing Possum: Kitzhaber Reports Another $50,000 Contribution

John Kitzhaber

Yesterday, Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Kitzhaber reported a $50,000 contribution a month after he received the check. The Kithzaber campaign reported that contribution (from Tin House Publisher Win McCormack,) on the last day allowed by Oregon election law, which requires candidates to disclose contributions within 30 days of receiving them.

Today, Kitzhaber did the same thing, disclosing a $50,000 check from Sherwood winemaker Eric Lemelson. That check came in a month ago also.

Lemelson and McCormack have been by far the two most generous individual contributors to Oregon Democratic causes in recent years, so unless Kitzhaber's fundraisers have motivated other givers to rise to a higher level, we may not see many more such disclosures.

Even with the this week's two large contributions, Kitzhaber, who served as governor from 1995 to 2003 has a lot of catching up to do. Including the May primary, Kitzhaber has now received three checks of $50,000 or more; his opponent, Republican nominee Chris Dudley has received 10 such checks and currently enjoys a two-to-one fundraising lead over Kitzhaber.
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